Clarification wanted on Red Bull floor
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MAY 28, 2012

Clarification wanted on Red Bull floor

Mark Webber, Monaco GP 2012
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BY TONY DODGINS

Mark Webber's second Monaco GP win in three seasons went unprotested in Monte Carlo despite controversy over Red Bull's floor.

Ferrari, McLaren and Mercedes are among those who want clarification on a hole in the RB8's floor, on the car since Bahrain, which is believed to increase rear downforce.

Article 3.12.5 of the F1 technical regulations dictates a uniform, impervious surface in certain areas, with fully enclosed holes permitted in a prescribed area "provided no part of the car is visible through them when viewed from directly below."

Despite rumours of a post-race protest, it did not materialise.

Ferrari team principal Stefano Domenicali said, however: " I'm sure we need a clarification on this point. It's part of the game and part of the complexity of the rules. It's not easy because there are so many things that have to be considered.

"I was involved in the discussions but it's no more than that at the moment. I think we will have other discussions but that is part of the game. That's all I can say at the moment."

Sources at Red Bull, however, claim that the team had has written clearance from the FIA relative to the modification.

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